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"We know from red tide events before you can have water quality one way and then a mile away the water quality can be drastically different."

- Rep. James Buchanan, R-Venice

-Meet Bradenton native turned French perfumer Kenzie Fisher in 'From Provence, With Love' in October's Design Dossier
[State]  Wildlife Leaders Track Red Tide On Gulf Coast
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

It remains unclear in the Piney Point disaster this year contributed to a red tide outbreak shortly after, according to the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. But it didn’t help.

Institute director Gil McRae testified to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday that drought conditions were most likely to blame for a red tide bloom that started in March. Over the course of about six months, there were reported harmful algal blooms that originated around Sarasota and Charlotte counties but would spread as far as the Panhandle and as far south as Collier County.

While the Piney Point disaster, a breach in a gypsumstack in Manatee County that prompted the release of 214 million gallons of industrial wastewater into Port Manatee, didn’t incite the blooms, McRae said it did contribute nutrients that can feed  red tide.

Rep. James Buchanan, R-Venice, asked about how information about blooms can better be communicated with coastal industries, whether that includes fisherman or hoteliers. “We know from red tide events before you can have water quality one way and then a mile away the water quality can be drastically different,” Buchanan said.

McRae acknowledged as much as said while red tide can pollute the sea and air, you can sometimes find people a couple hundred yards away unimpacted and enjoying a fine day at the beach. That’s why the state updates its Protecting Florida Together with geographically specific information in as close to real time as possible.

The scientific leader  noted research partners, including Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have helped improve detection of red tide tremendously over the last 20 years. But the problem is also one that can never be truly eliminated. The algae is native to the Gulf of Mexico and environmental officials don’t want to completely disrupt the balance of nature.

But through mitigation, state officials hope to limit the sort of devastating blooms that slammed the region’s tourism economy in 2018, and to a lesser degree this year. Red tides impact the beaches and infect the air residents breathe when the worst blooms occur.

They can also impact food supply, but there the state feels confident in its policing of problems. While red tide causes fish kills, and can also cause the death of larger creatures like sea turtles and manatees, it won’t kill shellfish. It can, however, build up in the filtration systems of mollusks and make them dangerous to eat.

But through strict rules about leaving shellfish in the ocean after a red tide event, McRae said that can allow time for the red tide to be completely cleaned. It’s been decades since anyone in Florida became sick from legally acquired shell fish infected by red tide. Meanwhile, the state is encouraging the farming of clams and oysters in areas at risk for blooms in hopes that the filtration helps with genera water quality. 

Graphic courtesy Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

[Outdoor Market]  Small Shops, Big Dreams
Chloe Cuyler, chloe@srqme.com

Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness was wrong–well, at least partially. Some of the most wonderful things in life—whether a material good or a worthwhile experience—come from a shopping trip, especially when you shop local. Not only do you get to discover something new and unique to the area, but you also get to support someone’s dream of sharing what they love to do. 

Main Street Market Lakewood Ranch is a newer street market hosting a diverse array of vendors from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. Created and coordinated by three local girl bosses: Lindsay Wood, owner of Blossom & Burn Co; Nikki Roenicke, owner of Barre3 Lakewood Ranch; and Niki Dalsing, owner of VinyLuxe, Main Street Market was born from a desire to help the community to shop locally during the economic downturn of 2020. Beginning as a holiday market last November, Main Street Market was met with so much community support and success that it is now a year-round event.

Main Street Market will kick off the holiday season this Saturday, October 16, from 10 am to 2 pm—with its first market event since May. Some vendors include Apana by Marie, Simply Sweets, Pottery by Osa and Island Dreams Soap, plus, about 30 other vendors and an anticipated 400 plus attendees. Make the trip this weekend to shop local and help someone live out their small-business-dream. 

Main Street Market Lakewood Ranch, mainstreetmarketlwr@gmail.com, mainstreetmarketlwr.com, @mainstreetmarketlwr 

Photo of DriftTheory jewelry vendor courtesy of Main Street Market Lakewood Ranch

[Opening]  3Natives Comes to University Town Center

A new fast, fresh and healthy food spot is coming soon to University Town Center (UTC). 3Natives, a fast-casual Florida chain, is opening in the West District at UTC next to PlayTri in the new outparcel building adjacent to the Homewood Suites. The 1,400-square-foot location will offer a variety of cold-pressed juices and smoothies, acai bowls, salads, wraps and more, all made in-house with locally sourced ingredients. 3Natives was founded in Tequesta, FL, with the goal to bring healthy and quick food to the community. What started out as a small juice bar has grown into 19 stores around the state, including now two locations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area. 

Other health and fitness additions to the UTC district include Lagree Pilates studio Mantra Fitness and comprehensive health and wellness center Restore Hyper Wellness. Both new businesses are now open in the Market at UTC.   

Photo courtesy of 3Natives

[Nature Photography]  Conservation Foundation Presents Photography of Mary Lundeberg

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast welcomes nature photographer and writer, Mary Lundeberg. A full-time resident of Englewood, Lundeberg is a conservation photographer and writer who celebrates the natural world. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried art galleries in several states and published in books, magazines, calendars and newspapers. She has won awards from state, national and international associations, including a prestigious Philip Hyde Conservation Grant from the North American Nature Photography Association.

Her exhibit Share the Shore highlights the variety of threatened coastal wildlife species that nest on our beaches, including least terns, black skimmers, snowy plovers, American oystercatchers, and sea turtles. The opening artist’s reception is November 17 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the foundation’s Burrows-Matson House headquarters at Bay Preserve, 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey. Limited edition photography printed on infused aluminum will highlight beach-nesting wildlife and their habitat. A portion of the proceeds from these limited-edition prints will benefit Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. In addition to the artist’s reception, Lundeberg will host a virtual presentation on Thursday, November 16 at 10:00 am, entitled Beach-Nesting Wildlife and the Challenges They Face. The one-hour presentation will feature her images of threatened beach-nesting birds, as well as coastal sea turtles.

The exhibit will be on display through December 2021 and may be viewed Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration for both the artist’s reception and virtual program is required. To learn more and RSVP, please visit conservationfoundation.com/events or call 941-918-2100. 

A Snowy Plover shading her chicks, photo taken by Mary Lundeberg

[Grant]  Community Foundation of Sarasota County Acknowledges Impact of WBTT with Strategic Grant

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe was recently awarded a grant of $30,000 from the John J. Clopine Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. These funds will support WBTT’s upcoming fall gala, “A Night at the Savoy”; “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Celebrating His Legacy” in January; “April Fools Fete,” the spring fundraiser; and expenses related to WBTT’s Education and Outreach Building. “We are so grateful to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for its continued support of our organization,” said Julie Leach, executive director of WBTT. “As we resume our regular theater season and in-person events, this funding will offer tremendous support for our work and events while helping to ensure our continued positive impact on the community.” 

The Education and Outreach Building includes: a first-floor education wing; a 4,000-square-foot space that mainly functions as three multi-purpose education rooms but also transforms into an event space with a capacity of up to 200 dining guests for theatre or private functions; a second floor with weekday box office, conference room; administrative offices; a library; and a 6,000-square-foot rooftop garden terrace event space for patrons and other community organizations. 

Pictured: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s Education and Outreach Building

[Healthcare]  CenterPlace Health Open House Celebration

With six Sarasota county clinics, CenterPlace Health, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center offers quality and affordable primary, preventative, medical, dental and pharmaceutical services to the underserved population/community—taking most insurances and providing a sliding-fee-scale for those that do not have any, based on their income and household.

This Thursday, October 14, from 5pm - 7pm, they be host Open House Celebrations—showcasing its new Sarasota Adult Clinic on 1900 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, 34237; and its Venice Family Clinic on 2350 Scenic Drive, Venice, 34293. There will be tours, presentations, prizes, light food and refreshments. You can RSVP to the event hereTo learn more or donate, please visit our website here. 

[Public Relations]  CWC-FPRA to Present "Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida"

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida” on October 19, 2021, at noon via Zoom. The event will feature Todd Beckwith, the director of corporate affairs at AltMed Enterprises.

Not long ago, the founders of MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary had to convince state leaders that they even were a legitimate business. Fast forward to 2021 and MÜV has been named the Large Business of the Year by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. During his presentation, Beckwith will explain how strategic communications and earned media successfully shifted mindsets of the business community, as well as the general public, within a few short years. “This month’s program will illustrate how strategic public relations efforts can effectively overcome business obstacles, combat misinformation and change public perception,” says Melanie Reda, APR, CPRC, president of the CWC-FPRA. “Communications professionals from all industries will come away from this event with strategies and tactics they can use within their own organizations.” 

With nearly three decades of marketing and business management experience, Beckwith has been involved in the development of more than 50 medical cannabis products and launched the national and internationally recognized MüV™ Brand of medical cannabis products and MüV Dispensaries. Additionally, Beckwith has been a keynote speaker on medical cannabis at the Tiger Bay Club of Sarasota, presented at medical cannabis physician education symposiums in Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando and conducted dozens of regional and national medical cannabis media interviews.

Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members and $15/guests. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events.  

[People]  SCORE's Manasota Chapter Volunteer Appointed to National Board of Directors

SCORE Manasota mentor Ray Vicks has been appointed to serve on the National Board of Directors of SCORE, the nation's largest network of volunteer, skilled business mentors. Vicks is a financial expert and CPA with 40 years of experience in public accounting and senior corporate finance positions. He has significant experience advising senior management and boards of directors, including public and private companies, nonprofits and Federal Agencies. As an accomplished financial expert, Vicks will help guide SCORE in its mission to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Vicks commented, “From its founding SCORE has been recognized as an important resource for the small businesses that drive our national economy and are critical to creating and sustaining vibrant communities.” Vicks adds, “I look forward to adding my voice to the other esteemed and accomplished directors who contribute their time and talent to ensure that small businesses have the requisite support to launch and thrive.”

SCORE Manasota chapter co-chair Nabil Freij commented, “Vicks has been volunteering with the Manasota SCORE chapter since 2020 serving as a mentor and workshop presenter, to entrepreneurs seeking advice to address a variety of problematic business issues. Vicks possesses a unique ability to read financial statements like reading tea leaves and predict the future!” Freij adds, “His financial expertise combined with the time he has spent mentoring local businesses make him an excellent choice to serve as a national director.”

For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800-634-0245. Or, visit SCORE online at score.org. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Voices: Rising Choreographers , October 14 – November 17, 7pm and 2pm

Opening Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s 16th Season is Voices – Rising Choreographers, a showcase of movement makers, including SCD company members Sea Lee and Jessica Obiedzinski, as well as Miami artist Justice Rodriguez. This program presents rising voices who were selected by adjudication from SCD's Summer Intensive Programs, chosen by Artistic Director Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. This showcase will take place from Thursday, October 14, 2021 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, October 14th, 2021 through Sunday, October 17th, 2021. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Cat Depot: Purry Pottery , October 14, 6pm-8pm

Do you enjoy painting cat themed pottery pieces with kittens? Join us for Purry Pottery on Thursday, October 14 from 6pm-8pm at the Cat Depot Community Center. Participation is $45 per person and the event will be lead by Tess Kamban from The Artful Giraffe. Spots are limited, so sign up today. Light refreshments will be provided. There are five pottery pieces to choose from, and all pieces will be collected at the end of the event to be glazed and fired. Participants will be notified when the pieces are ready and they can be picked up at the Cat Depot Retail Store.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe , October 13 – October 15

Sarasota High School Theatre’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will show October 13-15, 2021. This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic work faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Body Language: An Exploration of Movement and Poetry with Jules Downum and Pedro Serrano , October 15, 6pm

Dancer, choreographer, and producer Jules Downum facilitates a “Dance 101” workshop on the Hermitage Great Lawn. No prior experience needed as you start to learn the language of movement through common footwork patterns and dance vocabulary. The use of language will also be explored on the page and out loud by internationally celebrated bilingual poet and Guggenheim Fellow Pedro Serrano, who shares works in both English and Spanish. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably for some voluntary, light movement participation. Friday, October 15, 6pm, at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Carlos Mencia , October 15 – October 16, 6:30pm and 8:50pm

Carlos Mencia will perform on Friday, October 15 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 16 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $37. “Mind of Mencia” debuted on Comedy Central + became one of the strongest shows in the network’s history. Most recently, Mencia has gone back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy venues – allowing him to share his newest material with a more intimate audience. His current tour, called the “C 4 Urself Tour.”

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Rocktoberfest , October 15 – October 17, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

October 15-17, 2021, Paragon Festivals with the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association bring an authentic 3-Day Oktoberfest experience coupled with fantastic live musical performances to downtown Sarasota in JD Hamel Park. Admission to this family-friendly event is free. Festivalgoers will find a wide variety of food plus a German feast fit for King Ludwig himself! Dine on German foods like Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (Sausages), Brezen (pretzels, Knodel (potato or flour dumplings), Kasespatzel (cheese noodles), sweet mustards, sauerkraut, red cabbage and more. Between performances shop the Marketplace of arts, crafts and select fine products and services. Rocktoberfest will take place on Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts Advocates Luncheon: Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition, Inc. , October 15, 11am

Vickie Oldham, president, and CEO of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, knows how to create a story and how to tell it. A native of Sarasota, she had a senior-level position at Albany State University before returning to Sarasota in 2016 to develop a project about the history of Sarasota’s African American community. The result was Newtown Alive, an exciting heritage tourism program that has developed historic markers, trolley tours, a book, a mobile app, a podcast, and a traveling exhibition. This work has evolved into the creation of the Sarasota African American Cultural Arts Center and History Museum, which celebrates and preserves the history of Sarasota’s Black community. This program will be held at Bird Key Yacht Club. Reservations are due October 15. They will begin check-in at 11am; lunch will be served at 11:30am and the program will start immediately after lunch. The cost includes lunch and the program.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: The Roaring 20s , October 13 – October 16, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Enjoy classic ragtime and blues tunes of the 1920s, arranged for orchestra on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30pm, Thursday, October 14 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 5:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8pm at Holley Hall. This toe-tapping program includes songs by Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake's "Charleston Rag," and "Sweet Georgia Brown."

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: [TITLE OF SHOW] , October 6 – October 17, 7:30pm and 2pm

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. [TITLE OF SHOW] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [TITLE OF SHOW] — follows friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. This show has strong adult language. Show dates are Oct. 6, 2021 – Preview 7:30pm, Oct. 7, 2021 – Opening Night 7:30pm, Oct. 8, 9, 12, 13, 2021 – 7:30pm, and Oct. 17, 2021 – 2pm. This show will be presented at ART CENTER SARASOTA. Single tickets $26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student. Subscriptions are available now.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: New Award-Winning Play Make Thee An Ark Premiere , October 8 – October 17, 6:30pm and 1pm

Raychel Ceciro brings the World Premiere of the 2019 Kilroys List Featured Play Make Thee an Ark to Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus through a John Ringling Towers Grant for the Performing Arts October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. Taking place in Mary’s Chapel, Make Thee an Ark is a new site-specific play set 300 years in the future in a New Ark floating above an undersea Florida. Moored to an old oil rig, the New Ark harbors what may be the last vestiges of humanity after global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet. Two sisters tell stories of a Florida long forgotten while elsewhere on the ship, the Pastor, the leader of the New Ark, prepares his people for an oncoming storm. Combining storytelling with immersive performance, projection, and puppetry, Make Thee an Ark interprets the archived histories of Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus from the perspective of a generation living in the flooded future. Following the final performance of Make Thee an Ark*, a site-specific performance at Selby Garden's Historic Spanish Point on Sunday, October 17th, is Ark Dialogues, a public panel and discussion focused on the play’s use of Sarasota history, and how it combines lived Sarasota experiences with a fictional narrative about Florida’s possible futures.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Florida Inline Skating Marathon , October 17

The World Inline Cup will cross the ocean to the USA later this year. After negotiations with the organizers were finalised, an agreement was reached on a race under the Florida sun on October 17. Since the race, like the marathon in Dijon, France, will take place after the official final in Berlin, the marathon in Sarasota will receive the status of an Associated Race. This means that the race will be an official part of the World Inline Cup, but the points will not be included in the overall ranking. The prize purse is now at $15,000 and growing. Top Class Marathon in 2022 in Florida in planning. The Associated Race is intended to be a first step towards an official World Inline Cup Top Class Race in Florida in 2022 and beyond. Further details about the WIC season 2021 in these COVID impacted challenging times will be communicated shortly. For further information, please visit www.world-inline-cup.com and/or contact Volker Schlichting.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Jukebox Saturday Night , September 7 – October 31

FST’s 2021 Summer Cabaret Series concludes with an all-new show from Sarasota’s favorite swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos. A jazzy new music revue, Jukebox Saturday Night features some of The Jukebox’s greatest hits: “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Jukebox Saturday Night will play in FST’s Bowne’s Lab beginning Tuesday, September 7 and will play through October 31. Countless musical genres emerged during the first half of the 20th Century, and there was only one place you could find them all: The Jukebox. In this jazzy music revue, The Swingaroos put a dynamic twist on the Jukebox’s greatest hits, including “Get Your Kicks On Route 66,” “Heart and Soul,” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Tickets are no longer available for this show.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Florida Winefest Online Auction , October 10 – October 24

The Florida Winefest & Auction is back this fall. Sandy Loevner, Florida Winefest Board of Directors Chairman is excited that, although the in-person events are not able to take place, an online auction will still be possible to help raise funds for multiple local children’s charities the event benefits. The online auction will take place October 10 - October 24 and will feature an array of items including exclusive, one-of-a-kind items such as vacations, unique collector’s items, wine packages, dinners with celebrity chefs, trips and resort experiences, exotic treasures, art, jewelry, and a few surprises including a chance to ride on a float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Register for the auction by October 9th to be automatically entered to win an exquisite and exclusive bottle of wine valued at $200. Register at https://floridawinefest.org/auction/

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: CWC-FPRA: Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida , October 19, 12pm

During this month’s professional development program, the Central West Coast Chapter of theFlorida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) will present “Demystifying the Leaf: Selling the Vision of Medical Cannabis in Florida” on October 19, 2021, at noon via Zoom. The event will feature Todd Beckwith, the director of corporate affairs at AltMed Enterprises. Not long ago, the founders of MÜV Medical Cannabis Dispensary had to convince state leaders that they even were a legitimate business. Fast forward to 2021 and MÜV has been named the Large Business of the Year by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. During his presentation, Beckwith will explain how strategic communications and earned media successfully shifted mindsets of the business community, as well as the general public, within a few short years. Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members and $15/guests. To register, visit cwcfpra.com/events. This event is sponsored by MüV and Next-Mark.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 22 – October 30, 6pm, 4pm, and 5:30pm

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is thrilled to celebrate our 5th annual production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Sarasota Polo Club. This year, for the first time, The Players Centre is proud to introduce the Headless Horseman to South County at Selby Botanical Garden’s Historic Spanish Point. This family-friendly, yet spooky, and always festive play is based on Washington Irving's classic tale about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in American Folklore, the Headless Horseman. The show runs an hour in totality and is suitable for audiences of all ages. Sarasota Polo Club shows have been known to sell out, so reserve your tickets early. The Players Centre is excited to be bringing this holiday production to an even wider audience and to be pairing with such esteemed cultural organizations to showcase the talent and beauty of our entire community. Show dates are Oct. 22 at 6pm, Oct. 23 at 4pm and 6pm at the Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Lane. Rain dates are Sunday, October 24, October 29 and 30 at 5:30pm at the Guptil House at Historic Spanish Point, 337 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Students $10, Adults $20, and Family 4-packs $50. Please bring your own chairs and/or blankets, none will be provided, this is an outdoor event. All seating will be socially distanced. Masks are recommended for those that are unvaccinated.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Discover Sarasota: Haunted Sarasota Tour , January 1 – December 31

Hop on board our haunted trolley tour for a spellbinding, interactive, narrated adventure! Hear stories about famous murders, visit spirited buildings, and explore unsolved crimes during this 90-minute, air-conditioned nighttime tour. Sit back and listen as our entertaining Ghost Hostess brings the rich history of Sarasota to life on this fun and spooky tour—be sure to keep an eye out for surprise guests along the way. Tour includes complimentary beer or wine at the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar before boarding. Ages 12+; young people ages 12-20 may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tours with fewer than 10 guests will travel in our comfortably air-conditioned high-top van. Tour tickets are $39.99 and includes FREE Parking. This tour departs from 1826 4th Street and happens year-round.

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